brought a new way of life to the Yukon's
native people. The impact on the people
of Teslin is a good example of the
benefits and drawbacks associated with
itage of the Teslin Tlingit People displayed
at the museum and heritage centre
-- it's worth the stop.
system: approximately 20 miles (32 km)
long and was named in 1883 by Lt.
Frederick Schwatka, US Army, for Yale
Professor Othniel Charles Marsh.
old bridge was dismantled and a new one
built in 18 days. It has been described as
the most ambitious and important bridge
to be built by the US Army Corps of
Engineers (18th Battalion).
connecting the Alaska Highway at Haines
Junction, Yukon with the seaport of
route through the Yukon.
Junction) ‚ Spectacular Views!
cutting ceremony in ‚35ƒ was held to
officially open the Alaska Canada Military
Highway. Follow the path from the parking
lot to the original signing site to see
and learn more about this ceremony.
small parking areas border Kluane Lake
from here to mile 1064 (1712 km).
causing wear and tear on both man and
machine. Destruction Bay was one of the
many relay stations spaced at 100 mile
intervals to give truck drivers a break and
a chance to repair their vehicles.
problem for the builders of the Alaska
Highway. These braided mountain
streams would flood after a heavy rainfall
or rapid glacial melt, altering the water's
course and often leaving bridges crossing
soldiers encountered extensive per-
mafrost. When builders scraped off the
insulating layer of overburden, they
transformed the permafrost into an ice-
bottomed mud bog. On October 28,
1942, the 97th Engineers met the 18th
Engineers here, forming a continuous
Administration between Haines Junction,
Yukon and Haines, Alaska was a
challenge to build and to drive. The
narrow roadway and hairpin turns wound
through a mountain pass infamous for
severe storms. Various measures were
taken to make the road travel-safe,
including five staffed checkpoints along
miles from here, played a significant role
in the development of the Alaska
the road "with all the physical capacity of
connecting Valdez with Fairbanks,
Delta Junction was established as a
highway construction camp in 1918. The
Richardson Highway was established as a
wagon road in 1920. Delta Junction is
the official end of the Alaska Highway.
north of Mile `0' of the Alaska Highway,
Dawson Creek, BC and served as an
important air base during World War II.